A day in Washington D.C. : the Heat Wave edition !

 

A day in Washington D.C.: Heat Wave edition!

Washington D.C., Thursday 14th July 2016

post by: Alice

From the 14th to the 16th, our trip took us to Bethesda, a town near Washington D.C. We were hosted by an amazing woman: Millie (you can find out who Millie is by checking the end of our  previous article). We planned to spend the first day in Washington and to go see Georgetown University. If we still had time, we’d see then what to do. The weather kind of decided for us…

On the first day of our trip in Washington D.C., breakfast was spent with our host Millie. We went to Le Pain Quotidien, which is a French brand of restaurants. I sometimes go there in Paris, because they have delicious vegan dishes and an awesome apple&blackcurrant juice! Then Millie drove us to Bethesda Metro Station so we could go to Washington D.C.

Washington killer heat wave 

Washington was not necessarily the place I absolutely wanted to see, but I was excited to discover the famous city of the White House.
Well, let me tell you… It was a mistake to go there in the summer! It was so hot I had difficulties breathing. I’m not a particularly fragile woman (I’ve traveled to India in the summer, Thailand during monsoon, etc.), but the heat was so brutal I thought my lungs would fail me! It was up to 100°F or 37°C… Truth be told, I didn’t even want to be there in these conditions… but we felt we should at least try to see some cool stuff.

Washington Monument
Washington Monument

The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Visitor Venter was a pretty nice introduction to the Smithsonian museums.

Smithsonian Institution Building
Smithsonian Institution Building
Smithsonian Institution Building's Ceiling
Smithsonian Institution Building’s Ceiling
The Interior of the Smithsonian Institution Building
Inside the Smithsonian Institution Building
Some of the art in display inside
Some of the art in display inside
Smithsonian Visitor Center
Smithsonian Visitor Center

Next was the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. I adored this place, and so did Simone. We could have stayed all day! It was huge and incredibly rich in information. The scenography was very well done and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was pretty crowded though, so we skipped a few attractions because we didn’t want to do much queue. The gift shop was also great and if we weren’t on a budget I would have spent a lot of money !!

Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum
Simone @ Air & Space Museum
Simone @ Air & Space Museum
Air & Space Museum's ceiling
Air & Space Museum’s ceiling
Air & Space Museum Wall Art
Air & Space Museum Wall Art
Air & Space Museum Wall Art
Air & Space Museum Wall Art
Women Power @ Air & Space Museum
Women Power @ Air & Space Museum
The famous NASA jacket
The famous NASA jacket
Learning about the Solar System
Learning about the Solar System
Ready to board !
Ready to board !
Welcome to the Moon
Welcome to the Moon


The last museum we visited was the American Indian Museum. It was pretty great even though we didn’t spend too much time over there. I learned a lot of things, including some native myths. I really enjoyed seeing all the flags of the American Indian nations that I didn’t know at all!

Southern Cheyenne Flag
Southern Cheyenne Flag
Redding Rancheria Flag
Redding Rancheria Flag
Los Coyotes Flag
Los Coyotes Flag
An illustrated Myth
An illustrated Myth

Government buildings

After getting a short reprieve from the heat at Starbucks, we walked to the White House. It was the end of the afternoon so the temperature was getting less awful. It was somewhat anti-climactic, but we stayed a bit to look around and enjoy the life of Washington.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
The White House
The White House
Eisenhower Executive Office
Eisenhower Executive Office
US Treasury Department
US Treasury Department
Eisenhower Executive Office
Eisenhower Executive Office

escaping the heat wave…

There was a lot of cars in traffic, we felt happy we weren’t commuters! Instead, we walked to the closest Metro station to go back to Bethesda. Even though we hadn’t seen everything you should see there, we tried to make the most of our day in Washington D.C. because we knew we’d probably not brave the heat of the city again in these three days…
Millie picked us up and we all went to a very good Indian restaurant. It was 5pm, so extremely early for us to have dinner but we were starving and it was delicious, so no big deal !!

Back home, we rested and then went for a late swim in the pool. This was perfect to cool down after this hot day in Washington. The pool was surrounded by the house on one side, and the forest on the other. It was pretty amazing…

The House in Bethesda
The House in Bethesda
Getting ready for a late swim
Getting ready for a late swim

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  1. 2
    Tami

    Pools are always the best way to end a day like that! It’s not really the heat that makes it so unbearable–it’s the humidity. I’ve also been to Washington DC when it was so cold and windy, it was miserable. It’s a place of many extremes. But still, a lot of noteworthy attractions, for sure.

  2. 4
    Nancy

    How funny, my husband and I were just talking about the National Air and Space Museum just tonight. His father created the Thor, yes he really is a « Rocket Scientist »! There are pictures of it all around his house but we never had the chance to see the real thing for ourselves. It was fun to see all the pic’s in Washington D.C.!

  3. 6
    Vicki Louise

    I’m glad you stuck it out and did some sightseeing despite the weather – 37 deg does not sound like ideal tourism weather at all! Great pictures – next time you’re there you should go back into the city at nighttime, the monuments look incredible when all lit up!

  4. 8
    Angela

    We just went to DC for the second time a few years ago in spring. We walked A LOT so I can imagine the heat being a limiting factor. Lucky, lucky all the museums are free and air conditioned! Sounds like you made the most of your day! Good for you. If you ever go back, make sure to check out the National Cathedral… you’d think you were in Europe!

    • 9
      Alice & Simone

      It’s true that museums were a sweet reprieve from the heat ! And free, at that ! That’s the city where we went the most to museums, so that’s definitely telling ! It’s not that we’re not into museums but as we didn’t stay long we were more into seeing the locals living their life and architecture etc. Anyway, we’ll definitely check this cathedral next time ! Thanks !

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